Opinion

Jennifer Harjehausen has my vote for council Position No. 2 | Letter to the Editor

Jennifer Harjehausen has a demonstrated history of engagement, advocacy and leadership in the Covington community. As a candidate for Covington City Council Position No. 2,… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2017

Lawmakers pressing for ST3 answers

Republican senators who are convinced Sound Transit leaders played fast and loose with facts about the agency’s light rail expansion plans got a chance last… Continue reading

  • Oct 5, 2017

Poor government strips wealth from citizens

What makes good government? This is one of the questions I ask my international civics and government students each quarter as I teach about the… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2017

Education leader will cheers, jeers

It was going to happen eventually. A top-shelf member of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is coming to Washington to share her convictions, champion her… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2017

The fight for freedom and democracy

“Americans fought a revolution to preserve democracy, while South African blacks fought for freedom,” noted a medical doctor who now works for USAID in southern… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2017

Capital budget blues tour

Jay Inslee is back on the road this week with his “Ain’t Got No Capital Budget Blues” Tour. The Democratic governor launched the tour in… Continue reading

  • Sep 20, 2017

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my… Continue reading

  • Sep 15, 2017

Western Washington strategy ousted Sheriff Joe

A presidential pardon in hand, Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” may be getting ready to hitch up his spurs for another campaign. The ink had barely dried… Continue reading

  • Sep 14, 2017

‘Dreamers’ face an uncertain future

As we begin the new school year, I am reminded of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered 54… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2017

Why would anyone want to be president?

How easy is it for you to make a decision? What if you’re the president of the United States? Do you think, with all the… Continue reading

  • Sep 8, 2017

Resisting the ‘alt-right’ rise

Before we even get into this, I need to say that I loathe the term “alt-right.” I know, I know, I used it in my… Continue reading

Devoted to lifelong learning

Most of us who love libraries share a simple philosophy: Never stop learning. And why would we? The joy of learning, and the knowledge gained… Continue reading

  • Aug 31, 2017

Without coal mining, there would be no Black Diamond

Why is the town of Black Diamond called Black Diamond? Black Diamond’s name comes from a mining company in California in the 1880’s called the… Continue reading

Confederate statues: the many meanings and reasons

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your… Continue reading

Welcome to the law of unintended consequences

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the… Continue reading

  • Aug 17, 2017

Trying to make sense of all this ‘discraziness’ | Our Corner

As a pick-me-up and drop-me-on-my-head bucket of fun, I have been trying to follow the unhealth care machinations in the U.S. Senate. It is the… Continue reading

Trump presidency, an ongoing civics lesson

I love Donald Trump’s presidency! Trump’s actions and tweets and comments have served to highlight the role of separation of powers and checks and balances… Continue reading

  • Aug 10, 2017

Voters will tell lawmakers what they think of tax hikes

Voters never got a chance to try to overturn new laws increasing the state property tax next year and imposing a sales tax on bottled… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2017

Quit getting distracted dummy

Distracted driving is the hot topic now with the law taking affect July 23 of last week. I will not recite the specifics of the… Continue reading

Trouble is, our leaders act like spoiled children

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are having trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? This amazing political phenomenon has several explanations.… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2017